The ambitious and highly amazing Diego Velazquez was born on this day, in 1599. His paintings are more than subjective shots of a moment in time, they are “movies” that tell a story to the eyes four centuries later. He worked tirelessly. Thanks to him, Spain recognized painting as a fine art. From then on,Continue reading “Born On This Day: Diego Velasquez”
I can write a “Thank You, Uncle Marvin” post on another day. In the meantime, enjoy the concert.
William Morris was born on this day in 1834. William Morris a lot more than a designer, artist, activist, thinker and writer. He was a multi-gifted visionary. In his writings, he made a strong case for the appreciation of a hand-made life, the balance of self-sustaining labour and contemplation, the opportunity to create a wayContinue reading “Born On This Day: William Morris”
The legendary Solomon Burke would have been 81 (or 85) on this day. He felt that the purpose of music and the purpose of his life was to broadcast the message of love. Here is his most iconic song that even the generation of our grandchildren will listen to. Because the “truth is shining rightContinue reading “Born On This Day: Solomon Burke”
Johann Sebastian Bach was born on this day in 1685. (Or alternatively, on 31 March 1685.) His music is wonderful studying music. It makes the mind receptive, able to hold onto the subject you are learning about, find the essence of the topic or the most interesting angle and thesis that you want to present.Continue reading “Mornings With Bach”
Maurice Ravel was a perfectionistic, somewhat secretive and super chic composer who loved to entertain his friends and also spent a lot of time in solitude. He seemed to compose “in his mind” before he put it on paper. He thought that he composed too little. His masterpiece Bolero may have been conceived during aContinue reading “Born On This Day: Maurice Ravel”
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, who was born on this day in 1475, took immense pride in his work. Take a leaf out of his book. It can do you no harm. It can do you a world of good. 6 March 2020
Michelangelo Buonarotti was born in this day in 1475. He took pride in his work in a way that would help our much less optimistic time a great deal. He had many admirers in his lifetime and many detractors – guess which group grew over the centuries? Ha ha. 6 March 2019
–Thanks to Antonio Vivaldi– Antonio Vivaldi was born on this day in 1678. His music has put many of us into a much better state of mind. He managed to convey how life feels when you blossom. I am grateful to his birth, I am grateful to his work, and I am enjoying the blossomingContinue reading “How Life Feels When You Blossom”
Antonio Vivaldi was born on this day in 1678, in Venice. His music is exuberance, clarity and celebration, like the sun that warms the air and highlights all that is beautiful, even tickles the grumpy to an inner smile. A non-practising priest (yeah), he praised creation through his fingers. He took pride in completing hisContinue reading “Born On This Day: Antonio Vivaldi”
On this day, Karen Carpenter, Rory Gallagher, Lou Reed, Kurt Weill and B. Smetana were born. Let the music play! 2 March 2015
The legend needs no introduction, not even an introduction by me. He he. If you like his music, enjoy this Saturday with it. I will play it in the background later in the day. It lets me forget the temperatures outdoors. My mind is already in spring and what I will do in spring. ThisContinue reading “Born On This Day: Bob Marley”
The well-known composer needs no introduction. Mozart is always in season. He certainly knew the secret of perfect proportions. I doubt that he expected to become a household name one day. I do believe, though, that he wrote music for eternity. Yes, consciously. May this concert inspire sublime blog posts this week. 😊
“If you want something bad enough and you strain to get it, it’ll come. Might not come right when you want to, but it’ll come.” Etta James Etta James had to overcome so much… She paved the way for fabulous female singers and left us with a remarkable body of work to appreciate, even theContinue reading “Born On this Day: Etta James”
Tom Jobim was born 94 years ago. His music celebrated his love for nature and Brazilian culture. The unifying theme in his music is nature. He delivered it in such a breezy, mellifluent and conversational way. Happy listening to you today.
“It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty can not exist together in their highest perfection.” W. Somerset Maugham I am not laughing about me, I am laughing about critics. In certain moments, vitality > mindfulness. Ha ha haaaa. Thanks to the conspicuously elegant and keen writer for expressing it with such tact.Continue reading “Born On this Day: W. Somerset Maugham”
Django Reinhardt was born on this day in 1910. The guitarist started to get attention from listeners when he was only 12. A few years later, he lost his fingers in an attempt to save his pregnant wife out of their van that had caught fire. His skin got badly burned. No one thought thatContinue reading “Born On this Day: Django Reinhardt”
The sun is shining from within when Django Reinhardt plays. He couldn’t read, couldn’t read notes, he lost his fingers, but all you hear is his signature style, bright magic and contagious joy. Happy birthday to the Cosmic Django. 23 January 2015
Marija Gimbutas was born 100 years ago. A few years ago, I shared an interview with her (not on this blog that is only 9 months old). I will leave my words intact, with the interview that followed it. “Marija Gimbutas was born on this day. I will clip in this interview with her, beforeContinue reading “Born On this Day: Marija Gimbutas”
Sam Cooke was born 90 years ago. Concerts in his honour will happen when people can gather in large halls again. Patience. This is something to look forward to!